Cadel Evans

Cadel Helps To Keep Cycling A Clean Sport

Cadel might be the household name you will find among Australian cycling enthusiasts but he is a shy soul, though he is a world title holder.

Not only did he win the Tour de France as the sole participant from Australia, he has scaled other heights as well. For instance, the solo attempt that he made in climbing Novazzano in Switzerland was definitely a novel feat achieved by him, a first among his fellow countrymen in a different continent. All the success that he has achieved has not robbed him of his shyness however. He still feels shy when he reaches the finishing line and finds it difficult to give acceptance speeches on the podiums.

The game has been kept clean by the likes of Evans. When he won the title in Tour de France it was in stage 18. He was attacked for a long while by Andy Schleck. Even then he dragged his opponents all the way to Col de Galibier. He is one of the contenders who put his head down and achieved the feat without taking help from his teammates. The sport has recently been plagued by doping scandals, but Cadel showed the world what true grit and determination can achieve with the win in 2011. As his retirement looms near, most fans take a glimpse back to his cycling career and how it commenced. He started out with mountain biking. Then he won the cross country world cup in the year 1998. The same feat he repeated the next year. After that he made the switch to road cycling. The first achievement in this category was the Tour of Australia, which he achieved in 2001. He then tried the Germany Team Telekom where he rode in the years 2003 and 2004. In 2007 he won the Tour de France second position. The lists of accolades are long for his name.